February and March are baseball prospect season! Leading rankings sites such as Baseball America and MLB Pipeline provide their rankings for teams, organizations and a more generalized MLB ranking list. Its essentially a gift to baseball fans who are mostly unable to evaluate player talent for minor leaguers. Scouting and evaluation is a difficult task and requires aggregation of information to get a full picture. BA and Pipeline are well-connected to industry scouts and so can come up with lists based on their handling of this information.
TBC has been tracking prospects for quite a while now and this year, we've injected additional data. First though, we added rankings for 4 sites. Baseball America, MLB Pipeline, Baseball Prospectus and FanGraphs. For Baseball America and Pipeline, we added Top 30 team lists as well. The additional data was Top 30 lists by team for Baseball America for 2001-2018. We already had 1-10 and have now injected 11-30. But that's not all!! We also added Top 30s by team for Baseball Prospectus for 2019-2020 and FanGraphs for 2020.
16,151 prospect records were added and there are now 35,182 records in the prospects database covering 39 years (1983-2021). Each player page will have a list of their historical prospects rankings so you can track their progress over their minor league career.
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